Plastic Welding - Fuelly Forums
Go Back   Fuelly Forums > Fuel Talk > Aerodynamics
Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-25-2007, 07:47 AM   #1
Registered Member
 
rvanengen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 230
Country: United States
Plastic Welding

Hello...been thinking about all the aero mods I can do, and comparing them with buying a body kit for my car...and I think I am going to make my own parts. Sounds more fun...maybe not any cheaper, but I can hope!

That said, I don't want it to look *too* frankensteinish...so I am thinking it is time to learn to weld plastic (mostly just ABS). Does anyone have any suggestions, especially on a good (inexpensive) welder and any good online tutorials to help. I have found a couple ones that seem pretty good:

http://www.plasticsmag.com/welding.a...ec-00&aid=3052

http://www.plasticweldingschool.org/...le-welding.php
__________________

__________________
-- Randall


McIntyre's First Law: "Under the right circumstances, anything I tell you may be wrong."

O'Brien's First Corollary to McIntyre's First Law: "I don't know what the right circumstances are, either."



rvanengen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2007, 08:02 AM   #2
Registered Member
 
jwxr7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 291
Country: United States
here is a cheap plastic welder that I've often thought about getting . http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=41592
__________________

__________________
Best tank= 81.23 mpg on july 1st 2008
SAVE SOME GAS, SAVE THE WORLD!

jwxr7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2007, 08:06 AM   #3
Registered Member
 
jwxr7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 291
Country: United States
it probably works better than a soldering iron or a magnifying glass on a sunny day.
__________________
Best tank= 81.23 mpg on july 1st 2008
SAVE SOME GAS, SAVE THE WORLD!

jwxr7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2007, 08:26 AM   #4
Registered Member
 
rvanengen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 230
Country: United States
Looks about like what I was also seeing on Ebay...ranging from about $40 to $80 including rods. I suppose the best way to start is just get one and start...what's the worst that can happen?
__________________
-- Randall


McIntyre's First Law: "Under the right circumstances, anything I tell you may be wrong."

O'Brien's First Corollary to McIntyre's First Law: "I don't know what the right circumstances are, either."



rvanengen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2007, 08:59 AM   #5
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 675
Country: United States
I had the one from Harbor Freight. It worked fine, but I wrecked it 2x by setting it down to hard while it was still hot. It uses a heating element, sort of like a hair dryer and it gets red-white hot. I think when it's that hot the element must be extremely sensitive to any bumps. I didn't think I was being harsh in handling it, but I broke the element twice.

I don't know how well it works, I broke it before I really got a good test. It does melt the plastic, sort of similar to using an Aceylene torch.
Gary Palmer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2007, 01:22 PM   #6
Registered Member
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 231
Country: United States
Quote:
Originally Posted by jwxr7 View Post
it probably works better than a soldering iron or a magnifying glass on a sunny day.
Soldering iron works great for cutting plastic, with the sharp point it'll cut the plastic like butter, and with a little care you can do fine, detailed work with it. Used one to modify a grill to install 88-89 Chevy truck sealed beam headlights into my 96 Tahoe. Light output was far better with the individually aimed sealed beams than with the half-assed composite headlights with their cloudy lenses and preaimed brights that allowed you to either set the lows or the highs to be effective, but not both.
Telco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2007, 05:42 PM   #7
Registered Member
 
basjoos's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 392
Country: United States
I've done a lot of plastic welding of polyethylene and PVC with just a heat gun with a narrowing tip on it.
__________________
]
aerocivic.com
basjoos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2007, 08:01 PM   #8
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 37
Country: United States
I'm going to try to post an article on plastic welding in the article section. I haven't tried it yet but I have the components he recommends in the article.
John David
__________________
jdham137 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-02-2007, 08:05 PM   #9
Registered Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 37
Country: United States
Couldn't figure it out. Anyone know how to post files in adobe acrobat format?
John David
__________________

__________________
jdham137 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is there an ez way to get back to the dashboard? johnblue Fuelly Web Support and Community News 1 12-11-2011 12:41 PM
AC on and fuel milage tdisr General Fuel Topics 5 05-24-2009 01:25 AM
pvc oil mileage? GasSavers_Diemaster General Discussion (Off-Topic) 6 09-13-2006 05:53 PM
1966 Honda S600 Couple for sale - Lake Ontario, Canada Matt Timion For Sale 6 06-03-2006 06:00 AM
where do I buy insulation? Matt Timion General Discussion (Off-Topic) 5 05-24-2006 08:40 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:06 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.